SNOLAB supporting Science Literacy in Sudbury

September 22, 2017 — Local Community
Image: Blaire Flynn, SNOLAB Education and Outreach Coordinator is seen with Jessica Watts, the Coordinator of Outreach Programs and Partnerships at the Greater Sudbury Public Library, adding some “SNOLAB-approved” reading to the collection.

There is a misconception that science writing is dry and boring, but let’s be real; nothing could be further from the truth. Good science communication can explain technical information in everyday language; show you what’s happening with a clear graphic; or break down tough material into small relatable stories.   

Science Literacy week began with the modest goal of dusting off the non-fiction books to highlight science in local libraries and has since grown into an all-out, Canada-wide celebration of science with over 650 events taking place across the country from September 18th to 24th. Though it’s not just about reading; it’s also about looking through a telescope, building a structure, learning to code, exploring nature, experimenting and having fun. The hope is that an engaging activity may pique curiosity and encourage people to learn more and this is where your local library comes in. 

As part of Science Literacy Week, we sat down with some Research Scientists here at SNOLAB to make an exciting list of books to bring into the Greater Sudbury Public Library (GSPL) that just might pull particle physics into the limelight for local readers. SNOLAB Communications Officer, Samantha Kuula was eager to see this initiative with GSPL take hold. “Having a scientifically literate population means Canada can remain competitive, innovative and productive in global research. These small actions work towards creating a network of community partners and informed and active citizens who are better equipped to understand our goals here at SNOLAB and the science taking place around them everyday. “Additionally, as part of this initiative SNOLAB was able to part in stocking the local little free libraries with Science Literacy Week posters and information.”  

The books being added to the GSPL’s collection are:  
We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe, by Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson
Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space, by Janna Levin
Neutrino Hunters: The Thrilling Chase for a Ghostly Particle, by Ray Jayawardhana
Bang! The Universe Verse, by James Lu Dunbar  
Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words, by Randall Munroe
Older Than the Stars, by Karen C. Fox 

These books are in plain language, most have been written by physicists, and all come recommended by scientists here at SNOLAB. Titles include gripping narratives, clear explanations and incredible stories of science discovery. There are picture books for young readers, stories for the science enthusiast and titles that appeal to just about anyone who is looking to pick up a great new read.    

For more information, please contact:

Samantha Kuula
Communications Officer